Last 2 places for Fastnet and Caribbean 600

2 places left in the Fastnet team and one enquiry so probably only one left after Paul returns from Sydney to Hobart on 20th January 2 places for the Caribbean 600 in February. First sea school yacht home last year.

Cheap ways to get afloat


Seen in Hobart Harbour after the Sydney Hobart race.

Sydney Hobart Success

Another year, another Sydney Hobart...

Helsal 3 won her class for the second year running, with Paul (centre) completing the 628 NM course is just under 3 days. “We normally do well on Helsal when conditions are tough, so the team had to work hard to beat the lighter yachts in this year’s favourable conditions, a great result,” said Paul.

Another year, another Sydney Hobart…

Sydney to Hobart

Paul is racing on Helsal in Sydney to Hobart starting Boxing Day.

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Last year they won Class plus Divisonal honours –click title for pictureE-mails will be dealt with most days and still places for Fastnet plus Caribbean 600 teams.

Fastnet and JOG campaigns finalised

We have finally managed to finalise the programmes. Much of the delay was due to changes in club race programmes.

See racing page for details.


A Weird Cat


I was in portugal when I stumbled on this beast. with 2 freedom rig masts on one Hull and the accomodation mainly on the other it does look strange. The Hulls are also different shapes. clearly a work in progress if anyone sees it sailing please let me know.



>Mark and Geoff passed their Yachtmaster exams weekend of 21st October and Nic and Candy passed their Day Skipper on 28th October after a week’s sailing in good weather, and despite the forecasts enough wind most of the time. In a very enjoyable course (for me anyway) we included sailing round the South of the Isle of Wight and met up with Vic and Karoline in the Kings Head in Yarmouth.

As co-skipper of Tactix I was at the 3 Peaks yacht Race Dinner to help carry some silverware


International Sunshine

Franz from Munich, Alex from Auckland plus Tim and I from rather closer had a week of sunshine and steady North easterlies for the Day Skipper/ Comp Crew course ending 14th Oct. Everyone passed with flying colours and enjoyed some great sailing; with the wind up to F6 at times we covered 116 miles through the water and more than 130 over the ground. On the last day we hoisted a spinnaker for the run home to Lymington from Cowes. A great week’s sailing with good company and fine weather.

Competent Crew Plus Fire and Rain

Russ, Ali and Rob, journeyed from the frozen North (Aberdeen and Newcastle) for a family Competent Crew course. We had a super week and once I picked up a few words of the language (difficult at first even though I had spent 13 years as a missionary in Yorkshire) we could even enjoy the odd wind up. All 3 took to sailing really well and we encountered Vic, a friend of mine who was instructing for the Met Police Sailing Club, so this led to a couple of very sociable nights in Yarmouth and Cowes. The night sailing was split into two sessions and for the second one we ran across to Studland Bay, anchored and waited for the tide. There was more wind than forecast and we had some water over the top but fortunately Russ stopped most of it getting to the rest of us. On the run back from Studland we hit 10 knots Speed Over Ground coming through Hurst. We also saw a Spitfire and a Tornado plus various men in black training in fast ribs. The team opted for a meal out and Mojacs in Cowes was as good as ever. A cracking week. The race weekend saw a more varied forecast and as we went up to the start a look behind revealed one of the blackest skies I have seen in British waters. Then the Gale warning came over the radio, South or South West F8 imminent, but it was the Solent and only a 25 NM course so we went for it. The thunder rumbled ominously there was some serious rain and the wind blew. Just before our start the wind died completely to give a drifting start with some boats crossing the line backwards. At least they crossed the line, we had thought to come in on a starboard tack and with 5 minutes to go (when the engine must be off) and some wind it would have worked; in the absence of any wind we just drifted past the outer mark. We sailed the course though and encountered torrential rain, variable winds and then more than 30 knots across the deck as we charged down to the finish at 10 knots SOG. Sunday was quiet so those preparing for their Yachtmaster exams had quite a bit of parking practice including sailing onto a Pontoon. The sun shone we opened the hatches and dried out then had a late lunch in glorious sunshine before departing after the last race weekend of the UK season